With the Memorial Day holiday weekend just around the corner, now is the perfect time to share an important reminder with all pet owners: Dogs and hot cars don’t mix!
According to the ASPCA, leaving pets alone in a hot car is animal cruelty. Pets can die from overheating in a parked car very quickly. Certain dogs are at higher risk for heat-related illness, including:
- Senior dogs
- Short-muzzled breeds
- Dogs with dark and/or thick coats
Remember that on a day that feels comfortable to you, the temperature inside a car can be 20 degrees higher than the outdoor air temperature, even with the windows cracked open.
Don’t take your dog with you when you’re out running errands in your car on hot summer days. If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, be sure to call local law enforcement or animal control right away.